Dinner: Gnocchi with pumpkin seeds and cabbage at Van Horn Sandwich Shop
A great hangout in Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn serving awesome arms-length sandwiches, which you can also build your own. There’s also a plethora of beer and cheese plates to choose from and enjoy in their back patio. One of my new favorite places for any day of the week!
Checking out the spread in the huge market that sells fresh pasta to impressive desserts. This place also has seven restaurants with dining tables integrated in the marketplace that captures almost an el fresco experience. The buzz of people enjoying good wine and food makes this place a fun “Italian” escape in New York.
Mana Food Bar
Dined out on the patio after a summer storm in Chicago. Had some great appetizers, but the best thing on the menu has to be their mushroom sliders. I love their small plate menu and simplicity around their dishes. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants.
Just found this spot this week for lunch called S’nice Cafe. They serve all vegan/vegetarian sandwiches and salads at their three locations. I had a tempeh rueben sandwich, which was pretty hearty. It was so nice (s’nice) to find good food at a relaxing place in such a crazy city!
Curry Hill, NYC
A friend from NYC gave me a few recommendations and one of them was to check out curry hill neighborhood for the food and sent a New York Times article listing out some restaurants. Although Tiffin Wallah wasn’t listed, it had high Yelp reviews. You could smell the curry as we came closer to Lexington Ave. They are known for their tiffin dinners with different types of traditional thali foods. It was fun to try as well as the uttapam, a rice and lentil flour pancake with mixed vegetables.
This was only my second visit to NYC and the focus of my itinerary was a merge of many restaurant suggestions by several friends. A friend had forwarded a list of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in NYC and one of them happened to be Blossom. This was the first restaurant I went to after landing from the airport. Their sandwiches were filling and saucy. Also recommend their pot pie too. It’s a cute small place with a bakery next door that I’ll have to check out next time!
Had a wonderful visit to Baltimore, especially staying in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This also meant great little places to eat. On the busiest night out as the Ravens were about to play the next morning, everyone occupied restaurants and bars with big screen TVs to watch the play-offs. Luckily for us that meant trying Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant, which only had a few people dining there. The owners were extremely friendly and the place was quite cozy. I tried the veggie kebbeh, which was bulgur wheat, stuffed spinach and chickpeas with spices. The snoubra was something I’ve never had before and loved - whole grain bulgur wheat, sweet roasted red peppers, potato, onion, pine nuts and olive oil.
While visiting Santa Barbara, we went to Adama restaurant after a walk along the pier. A great place to try. The restaurant was a converted 1930’s home so it has a very homey atmosphere and everything is vegan. I’m always worried about trying foods that try to emulate meat, but I have to say their tuna melt was delicious. A great vegan comfort food restaurant (didn’t think those words would go together).
@cafe27 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin last weekend. Surprised by this great find. Good homemade food with sustainability in mind and really nice owners. Had their homemade veggie burger with sweet potato chips, curry pumpkin soup and Mexican hot chocolate and coconut lemon cupcakes. Great to see them turnaround this location and looking forward to checking out their patio in the spring!
After a long walk in the morning, I came across Loving Hut restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It was a cloudy day so a bowl of hot chowder hit the spot. Everything on the menu is vegan, which was a bonus!
One of my all-time favorite places. It was one of my first and last meals during my stay in San Francisco. Their plant burger is different than any kind of veggie burger I’ve had and I highly recommend sitting in their patio space overlooking the bay.
Just had a tasty pizza from Native Foods in Wicker Park. Best part was sharing it with my good friend Alex on the patio.
Had a quick day trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday using our new i-Go membership. It was on our list to check out Comet Cafe and finally got the chance to cross it off our list. Great food options for both vegan and non-vegans. It was a busy brunch day, but the line to get seated went by quick as well as their homemade cupcakes. I enjoyed their very filling vegan scramble topped with Fieldcrest sausage in gravy and rye toast. Their drinks looked pretty tasty as well. I got sucked in and ordered their special tree-tini drink to end the meal. For every tree-tini ordered, they plant a tree in India - not bad for a enjoying a cocktail and brunch.